MSAD6 Internet Safety Lessons have been updated and now include lessons for kindergarten and first grade. Read below to find out what students will be learning in Kindergarten through 5th grade in our school district.
Going Places Safely
In kindergarten students will discover that the internet can be used to visit faraway places, compare how staying safe online is similar to staying safe in the real world, and learn guidelines for traveling safely on the internet. This lesson is provided to us free of charge from Common Sense Media. There is a nice short video that students will watch and discuss, My Online Neighborhood. After the video and discussion the class will participate in an online field trip and the students will create a drawing of their favorite online place.
Staying Safe Online
In first grade students will discuss how staying safe on a website is similar to staying safe in real life. They will learn to recognize websites that are good for them and that they should ask a trusted adult before visiting sites that might not be just right for them. There are a few different tasks that accompany the first grade lesson. Some students may make a ChatterPix to talk about what they do online and then discuss if the sites are safe or not. Others may complete a traffic light worksheet and play the Website Traffic Light game. Good videos to accompany this lesson are Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumba or CEOP KS1 Lee and Kim Cartoon.
BrainPop Jr. Internet Safety
In second grade students learn about how to keep themselves and their computers safe while using the internet. Students watch the BrainPop Jr. Video as a class. After watching BrainPop we have a discussion about internet safety and take the on-line quiz. Once we have finished the quiz students create an internet safety digital book or digital drawing. For this project we have used a variety of apps, and sites. Some of my favorites: Tar Heel Reader, Book Creator, and StoryKit.
Creating Internet Safety Skits/Videos
Third graders are not usually very shy in front of the camera so it is a great grade level to take advantage of their eagerness to be a star. In third grade we have students watch a couple videos of previous MSAD6 third graders performing internet safety skits, talk about internet safety, discuss what they could do to teach others about internet safety, break up into small groups to write/practice skits, and then record their skits. I post their work on my website and send the videos to our district's television station. Students are so excited to know that they are going to be famous on BETV.
The Digital Citizenship Pledge
In Fourth grade we discuss appropriate online behavior plus how to participate respectfully and responsibly in an online community. Using an iPad app like ChatterPix or Tellagami students create online pledges to share with their classmates. Student example below.
Think Before You Post
Fifth Grade students also are not usually camera shy and are quite creative with iMovie. Honestly, this is my favorite lesson because the students come up with really good ideas and capture the message to help the technology coaches teach this lesson to the following year's fifth grade students. We focus on three messages. 1. Think before you post personal information. 2. Think before you post pictures of yourself or someone else. 3. Think before you post hateful words. Below you will find an example of all three types of Think Before You Post trailers, created by former and current BE 5th graders.